AMP reveals the lengths it takes to become customer-centric

Wealth and financial management provider details the transformative steps and cultural changes necessary for keeping up with customers

Wealth and financial management provider, AMP, has kicked off a host of transformative steps to become a customer-centric business, according in its latest financials, shining a valuable light on what it takes to keep up with customers in the connected age.

The ASX-listed group reported solid full-year financial results this week, including an underlying profit rise of 7 per cent to $1.12 billion for the full-year to 31 December 2015, and net profit increase of 10 per cent to $972 million. Key contributors were the Australian wealth management, AMP Capital, AMP Bank and New Zealand divisions, which all reported stronger operating earnings.

“This is a very good performance against a backdrop of challenging markets in the second half,” commented AMP chief executive, Craig Meller, who added business efficiency programs were also on track.

“AMP has a clear focus to be a more customer centric, efficient and international organisation. The execution of this strategy is unlocking the long-term potential of our business, which we are confident will continue to deliver value for our shareholders.”

While AMP’s financials should be well received by the market, it’s the steps it’s taking to become a customer-oriented enterprise that provide the best reading.

Over the past two years, AMP has been putting in place the core infrastructure required to become a customer-centred business. The company kicked off the journey in 2013, appointing its first chief customer officer, Paul Sainsbury, as well as a dedicated customer relations team.

Read more: Why digital delivery lies at the heart of AMP's customer transformation

On AMP’s list of ongoing strategic priorities is building a customer goals-oriented enterprise. In its FY15 financial report, the company said consumer research had “built conviction in taking a goals-based approach to products and services”, which will be rolled out from 2016. This work identified four priority goals, which are being used to provide new customer solutions this year.

AMP is also working to build a next-generation, face-to-face advice model based on customer goals. Thanks to the success of five pilot sites this year, AMP said it will extend this approach to 30 practices as well as automate several back-end processes.

New infrastructure has also been put in place for better omni-channel experience, including a new customer and data analytics systems, and customer interactions engine. The latter is already being piloted on targeted campaigns and next best offer-driven conversations across digital, call centre and adviser channels, with 20 campaigns in testing in the first half of this year.

These are tied into a new-look digital portal, which includes and integrated banking and wealth platform, mobile and tablet apps, new website and content management systems.

In addition, AMP has deployed a customer feedback and measurement system across 122 teams, as well as established organisational capabilities in human-centred design and behavioural economics. The company said customer-facing teams are now using this customer feedback to identify and improve service.

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+: google.com/+CmoAu

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Blog Posts

5 things every business can do to drive brand loyalty

If you’re in any customer-centric role, you’ll likely be familiar with the Net Promoter Score (NPS) – one of the most popular tools for brands to measure their customer sentiment.

Catherine Anderson

Chief customer officer, Powershop Australia

What the modern gig economy is doing to customer experience

Most marketing theory was established in the context of stable employment relationships. From front-line staff to marketing strategists and brand managers, employees generally enjoyed job security with classic benefits such as superannuation plans, stable income streams, employment rights, training, sabbaticals and long-service leave.

Dr Chris Baumann

Associate professor, Macquarie University

The new data hierarchy

We are all digital lab rats spewing treasure troves of personal data wherever we go.

Gerry Murray

Research director, marketing and sales technology services, IDC

Thank you! That was useful to know.

Belia Adam

Why your best social marketing brand tool could be hiding in plain sight

Read more

Because you are missing the point of the term "disruption"

Sean

Uber for the truckies: How one Aussie startup is disrupting the freight industry

Read more

Absolutely agree with this ... Facebook doesn't care what adds they show. You report an add for fake news/scam and it just remains "open...

Quasi Carbon

Unilever CMO threatens Facebook, Google with digital advertising boycott

Read more

How to create Pinball game in 4 minshttps://youtu.be/S1bsp7del3M

Alex Atmavan

Rethinking gamification in marketing

Read more

True Local - one of the least credible review sites on the entire internet.

MyNameIsStomp

Former Virgin Mobile CMO and CEO joins oOh! as first customer chief

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in